SHAH ALAM— Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim accused PAS of being in cahoots with Umno long before severing ties with PKR.
The jailed de facto leader said the decision to sever ties with PKR has been a long time coming, with PAS not opposing the last Budget or participating in Bersih 5.
“They did not oppose the GST budget, the rise in fuel and sugar prices and did not participate in the Bersih 5 rally,” he said in his address which was read out at the PKR congress today by his daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar.
Reiterating that PAS’ decision “has disappointed many”, Anwar added that the Opposition should accept it and move on.
He reminded the Pakatan Harapan pact to stay united with allies like Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), which has joined the front.
The former deputy prime minister also told the Opposition to get their political machinery in order and make sure their grassroots support is strong ahead of the general elections.
Anwar predicted that, if all goes according to plan, the Opposition would be able to overthrow the Barisan Nasional government.
“With the scandals and betrayals in the BN government… this will be the best opportunity in history to bring down the BN-Umno government,” he stressed.
PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had, in her presidential address, said the major BN vote banks in Felda areas and outskirts stand a chance of being swayed by the Opposition in the current political climate.
“I hold on to the belief, the faith that Anwar went to jail for defending the people, so the people are the ones who should defend and free Anwar with a victory in the 14th general elections,” Dr Wan Azizah said with tears in her eyes.